Get to Know Us

Dr. Donnell is a native of Nashville, TN and first experienced Chicago when he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Biology at Wheaton College. He completed medical school at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and completed his residency in Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters in Norfolk, VA.  After serving an additional year as Pediatrics Chief Resident, he came to Chicago for fellowship in Allergy/Immunology at Children's Memorial Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital. Dr. Donnell started working in private practice in Chicago in 2005 and lives in Chicago with his family.  He has four energetic children that have nourished a special level of patience and a sense of humor in life.

Aaron Donnell, MD

Chicago Family Asthma & Allergy is located in the Lincoln Park neighborhood of Chicago and was created in 2009 through the vision of Dr. Aaron Donnell and Dr. Kelly Newhall. Our goal is to provide expert allergy, asthma, and immunology care with compassion and accessibility. Depending on your evaluation needs, the office has the ability to perform skin testing, pulmonary function testing (with some limitations during the COVID-19 pandemic), and allergy immunotherapy ("allergy shots"). As board-certified allergy specialists, the physicians find particular interest in the evaluation of food allergy, asthma, nasal allergies, eye allergies, atopic dermatitis ("eczema"), hives, insect sting allergy, and more. Our practitioners are on staff at Lurie's Children's Hospital of Chicago and Advocate Illinois Masonic Hospital. Children of all ages and adults are welcome for evaluation.

Dr. Erica Palmisano is originally from Michigan but has lived in Chicago for the past 5 years. She graduated with her Bachelor's Degree from the University of Wisconsin and then attended medical school in Detroit, Michigan at Wayne State University. She completed her pediatric residency at The Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago. After residency, Dr. Palmisano began her fellowship training in Allergy and Immunology at Rush University Medical Center. She now lives in Chicago with her husband.

Erica Palmisano, MD

Our Specialists

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Dr. Donnell is a native of Nashville, TN and first experienced Chicagoland when he earned his Bachelor's Degree in Biology at Wheaton College.  He completed medical school at the University of Tennessee College of Medicine and completed his residency in Pediatrics at Children's Hospital of The King's Daughters in Norfolk, VA.  After serving an additional year as Pediatrics Chief Resident, he came to Chicago for fellowship in Allergy/Immunology at Children's Memorial Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital.  Dr. Donnell started working in private practice in Chicago in 2005 before co-creating CFAA with Dr. Newhall in 2009.  He lives in Chicago with his family, and his four energetic children have nourished a special level of patience and a sense of humor in life.  Dr. Donnell is board-certified in Pediatrics and Allergy/Immunology.

Aaron Donnell, MD

Dr. Kelly Newhall lived in many different areas of the United States and is proud to have called Chicago home since 2000.  She earned a Bachelor's Degree in Medical Social Science from Pomona College in Los Angeles, and she then obtained her Medical Degree from Washington University in St. Louis.  Dr. Newhall completed her first two years of residency at St. Christopher's Hospital for Children in Philadelphia and finished her Pediatrics training at the University of Chicago Children's Hospital.  She completed fellowship in Allergy/Immunology at Children's Memorial Hospital and Northwestern Memorial Hospital and started working in private practice in 2004.  Dr. Newhall co-created CFAA with Dr. Donnell in 2009 as they shared a vision of providing quality care to families with asthma and allergic conditions.  She currently lives in Lincoln Park with her family.  Dr. Newhall is board-certified in Pediatrics and Allergy/Immunology.

Kelly Newhall, MD
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Maddie grew up in northwest Ohio and earned her Bachelors of Nursing degree at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio. After graduating, she moved to Chicago, Illinois to work as a pediatric nurse. She spent several years working in the Lurie Children's Hospital of Chicago Emergency Department and in school health. During this time, she enjoyed working directly with patients and in managerial roles. She earned her Doctorate of Nursing Practice at DePaul University with a concentration in family practice. She lives in Chicago with her husband and dog, and she is excited to be a part of the CFAA team.

Madeleine Starr, FNP-BC
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